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The U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which addressed the constitutionality of state-enacted gay marriage bans, including the one in Tennessee. In a 5-4 decision, the Court held that pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment, states are required to allow marriage between two people of the same sex. In addition, all states must recognize same-sex marriages that are lawfully licensed in other states. wedding-1311971-639x426

The Supreme Court decision reverses a Sixth Circuit case involving the Tennessee Attorney General, DeBoer v. Snyder, 772 F. 3d 388 (2014), and unambiguously provides that same-sex couples have the same right to marry as heterosexual couples in Tennessee, as well as throughout the country. The ruling opens doors for same-sex couples not only to marry but also to receive all of the benefits provided by state and federal governments, such as favorable tax breaks, parental rights, and others.

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school-bus-red-light-655548-m (1)Several lawsuits have recently been filed following an incredibly tragic and fatal school bus crash that occurred in December. A Knox County bus driver was believed to have been texting while driving a bus carrying students from a local school when he made a sharp turn, causing the bus to crash into the concrete median and then into a second bus, just before flipping over.

Police later released the names of the victims who were killed in the crash, including a six-year-old, a seven-year-old, and a teacher’s aid. Many others suffered serious injuries. The driver recently died, but it is unclear whether it was a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident.

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supreme courtStarting this week, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing oral argument in a same sex marriage case, appealed from the decision in DeBoer v. Snyder, 772 F. 3d 388 (2014).

In the 6th Circuit decision, which included the Tennessee Attorney General as one of the parties to the suit, the Court of Appeals reversed a federal court decision that held the various gay marriage bans challenged in the case were unconstitutional.

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A Hendersonville family has filed a lawsuit against the Sumner County Board of Education for damages up to $750,000 claiming the school system’s negligence caused their son to break his leg while cleaning bleachers at T.W. Hunter Middle School in 2012.

Donald and Melissa Crockett allege in the suit, filed in Sumner County Circuit Court March 14, that a teacher at T.W. Hunter punished a group of students, including their 13-year-old son, by making them clean the overflow from a toilet in the boy’s locker room on June 28, 2012.

According to the complaint, the boys’ locker room was flooded and heavily saturated and the students did not have the appropriate equipment or apparel to engage in janitorial work. The Crocketts’ son was wearing tennis shoes that became saturated from water while he cleaned the locker room, the suit said. When they finished the cleaning, the students were told by the teacher to remove trash from the school’s bleachers.